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About Us

What is Code Switch?

Code Switch is a free, two-day civic hackathon in which community members, designers, project managers, programmers, and people who just want to learn, collaborate intensively on projects that change our community. Great solutions are born when innovators from the community lead the development process—from ideation to launch.

This is an chance for engaged citizens to work with coders and designers (and learn to code) to leverage technology to disrupt the gaps and inequities that have had an impact on Minnesota.

We’ve learned that teams with people from different backgrounds come up with REALLY cool ideas. You will join other people on a team to come up with an idea on a web or mobile app that helps solve a pressing problem in a your community. Here are some example outcomes of potential projects:

  • An app that helps people find affordable housing
  • A get out the vote plan for your neighborhood
  • A website for discovering high performing schools
  • A service to locate nearby job openings
  • An interactive map that shows neighborhood living costs and economic opportunities

Why Participate?

Curious

Interested in the entrepreneurial approach of the tech community and want to see how it works? Ever wanted to be a startup entrepreneur? Your team has the chance to turn the idea into an actual product.

Use Your Skills for Good

Do you have a desire to use your skills or knowledge to solve critical social problems? Great solutions are born when innovators from the community are involved in the development process—from ideation to launch.

Collaborate

Are you interested in working on a team that comes up with an idea, a web or mobile app that makes your community more livable or equitable? You will join other people on a team to come up with an idea on a web or mobile app that helps solve a pressing problem in a your community.

Co-Create Change

Have you ever had an idea for how to strengthen your community? Your efforts directly helps awesome organizations and people in your community.

Disrupting Inequity

In Minnesota, we take pride in our belief that all people have opportunities to become successful.  We also know that our future as a state depends upon the strength and well-being of all who live here.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?
Data shows that Minnesota has some of the largest gaps and inequities in the country; and some members of our community are:

  • More likely to live in poverty
  • Less likely to graduate from high school
  • Less likely to own their own home
  • More likely to suffer from chronic illness

Reducing income and racial disparities is key to maintaining a strong workforce. While the root causes of disparities lie in historical experiences of oppression and exclusion, many gaps illustrated by current data can be explained by insufficient income, unhealthy environments, and inadequate access to opportunities. We can address all of these.

MAKING CONNECTIONS
Code Switch provides an opportunity for the community to come together and discuss disparities across important quality of life topics such as education, housing, transportation, healthcare, etc. We hope to gain a broader understanding of the issues we face and use objective data and technology to co-create solutions that will lead to a higher quality of life for all Minnesota’s residents. 

Transportation
Economic Opportunity
Data & Storytelling
Education
Revealing History
Housing
Health & Wellness
Civic Engagement
Workforce Development